Redefine (the Sermon on the Mount continued)
Remember that the purpose of the Kingdom of God is to restore everything God has made to what He intended it to be. That one concept is behind pretty much everything that Jesus said and did while on earth. That includes what Jesus taught about how we look at ourselves, and even at God. Jesus challenged people’s underlying preconceptions about right and wrong with respect to how they viewed themselves and others, including their enemies! He also challenged their preconceptions about how they practiced their religion. Starting with what people thought was right (you have heard it said that …) Jesus turned their hearts and minds back in another direction (but I say to you …). It was enlightening and frustrating at the same time. As the disciples understood what Jesus was saying they often found it hard to believe! In this series we want to follow Jesus’ line of reasoning in matters of our sexual purity, personal security, authenticity and religiosity. What we think is right may turn out to be very wrong! And here’s the kicker – it’s not enough for us to know what is right from God’s perspective. The kingdom of heaven is comprised of those who not only know, but actually do the will of God in their lives (Matthew 7:21-23). So buckle your seat belts … there may be some bumpy road ahead for the next few weeks, but the destination will be worth it!
January 28th Sexual Purity Part 1 Matthew 5:27-30 Kevin Armstrong
February 4th Sexual Purity Part 2 Matthew 5:27-30 & Galatians 5:16-23 Kevin Armstrong
February 11th Bit Coin Bust Matthew 6:19-34 Jeff Knight
February 18th Charity Begins at Home Matthew 5:43-48 Family Day Weekend
February 25th Better Than I Am Matthew 7:1-23 Robert Cumberbatch
March 4th Holier Than Thou Matthew 6:5-18 Elizabeth Pierce